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minnesota trucking association
92nd Annual Conference

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Presented by:

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"Empower your business; ignite your success"

JULY 30-AUGUST 1
cragun's resort on gull lake
member early bird: $449 I non-member: $899

speaker highlights

OPENING SESSION

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Building Teams that Trust: The Secret to Leading & Retaining Talent
James Robilatta, professional speaker, leadership author, comedian

Great teams require great coaches.  Great coaches pour trust into their talent.  In this powerful session, attendees will learn where they fall on an innovative supervision spectrum and identify ways to balance performance and team dynamics.  If you’re ready to see dramatic performance and development gains in your teams, this session is for you. 

SESSION 2

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Economic & Industry Update
Emily Clayton, Senior Economic Analyst, American Trucking Associations

Join ATA’s Emily Clayton, Senior Economic Analyst, for an updated look at the 2024 economy and what it means for the trucking industry. In her presentation, Clayton will highlight the current economic and trucking trends and explain what it means for your business. 
Discussion Topics Include:
Economic Outlook by Sector and Industry
Probability and Timing of Interest Rate Cuts
Trucking Demand & Supply Trends

KEYNOTE

Announcement coming soon!
 

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Option 1A: The 12 Traits of Highly Profitable Trucking Companies
David Roush, President of KSM Transport Advisors & Chris Henry, COO of KSM Transport Advisors

Expanding upon their popular twelve-article series which identifies the hallmark characteristics of highly profitable carriers, Chris Henry and David Roush from KSM Transport Advisors will delve into the insights and strategies behind adopting these traits to enhance execution, margins, and overall organizational performance. This presentation will include recent operational and cost benchmarks to reinforce the value of these traits to the bottom line.

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Option 1B: Rolling in the Grey: How to Avoid Mistakes as a Carrier Broker
Panel: Carole Clark Isakson – Barna, Guzy & Steffen Ltd, Tom Winz – Total Logistics, Todd Waldron – Q Carriers

In this session you will learn how to avoid mistakes and navigate broker/carrier agreements, relationships, and shipper liability.

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Option 2A: Strengthening Your Safety Culture Through the Ups and Down of Trucking
Panel: Safety Council Leadership Team

Learn from leading trucking safety experts on how safety culture and training go hand in hand, how to align your safety culture through all areas of your business, how to bring new drivers into your safety culture, and how to keep your safety culture going through the ups and downs of trucking.  

Option 2B: The Spec off Rumble- Otto Vs. Yaggy
Kevin Otto, CFO, Otto Transfer and Steve Yaggy, President, Steve Yaggy Specialized Truck Service

Learn from two trucking industry executives who are also mechanics at heart.  This session will help you understand your next truck purchase from a carrier perspective: what to think about when spec’ing your next truck purchase, what dealer lingo means, and what is important for a profitable resale.

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THURSDAY MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Industry and legislative updates- hear what MTA has accomplished and is working on for you!

THURSDAY CLOSING SESSION

Do More, Better Together
Tripp Crosby, Comedian & Filmmaker 

Today’s workforce is feeling pressure to innovate faster than ever before, but not enough people have the confidence or skill set required to think creatively, much less present new ideas with confidence. And, very few corporate teams operate in an environment that actually encourages creativity. Fortunately, there are a few small practices that, if implemented, can have big results on how well companies, teams, and individuals develop more, better ideas together. In this hilarious and interactive presentation, Tripp will teach 3 basic practices to help anyone in any position learn how to discover new ideas, better collaborate with others, and ultimately find more meaning in their endeavors. 

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networking opportunities

TUESDAY LAKESIDE WELCOME BBQ

Get the evening started by enjoying dinner by the lake. Whether you are coming off the golf course or have just arrived, this dinner will feature live music and catching up with your trucking friends.

Golf winners will be announced at this event. 

TUESDAY WELCOME PARTY & EXPO

Enjoy complimentary beverages and desserts while you network, visit vendor booths and check out the latest trucks on the market. This evening is sure to be exciting as vendors will be giving away door prizes starting at 8:00 p.m. Be sure to drop your cards at the vendor booths to enter!

TUESDAY HOSPITALITY LOUNGE

Continue a great night of networking with complimentary beverages and food in the Bear Trap Lounge near Hotel Check-in.

SPOUSE LUNCH & PONTOON RIDE

Enjoy a pontoon ride across the lake with fellow significant others with a stop for lunch at a local restaurant.  No kids on this trip.  Spouse must be registered for the conference.  Sign-up at conference check-in.

WEDNESDAY COCKTAIL HOUR

Rev up your evening in the Truck Expo with complimentary beverages courtesy of Allstate Peterbilt

WEDNESDAY BANQUET

Get ready  for a fun evening featuring volunteer & industry awards, the passing of the gavel, and final bids for the PAC silent auction

WEDNESDAY BANQUET AFTER PARTY

The night’s not over till its over.  Continue the evening relaxing with your new industry contacts on the Sun Deck with food and beverages compliments of North Central Utility. 

thank you sponsors

PRESENTING 

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DIAMOND

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GOLD

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SILVER

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CONFERENCE ELEMENT

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[cocktail hour]

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[banquet and safety luncheon]

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[welcome party]

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[CEO Session]

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[Journal]

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[official truck stop sponsor]

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[welcome bbq]

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[keynote]

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[wi-fi sponsor]

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[official tax & accounting sponsor ]

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[Opening Keynote]

BRONZE

Sanco Thermo King
DriverReach
Netradyne
Wallwork Financial
Acrisure Midwest


interested in sponsoring? email meredith@mntruck.org

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